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LONDON, England (Reuters) -- War toppled sex and music as the most popular search term among Web users as the conflict in Iraq captured the attention of the online crowd.

"Iraq" knocked female country music group "Dixie Chicks" out of the top spot on Yahoo's Buzz Index of popular search terms among U.S. Internet users.

The Dixie Chicks sank on the Yahoo index behind Iraq and rising rap singing star "50 Cent." The country group Dixie Chicks have had their chart-topping songs, including current number one single "Travelin' Soldier", pulled from many U.S. radio playlists after they criticized President Bush's war plans in Iraq.

The Iraq conflict has also apparently lowered libidos of online Britons, top Internet service Freeserve said.

"War was our top search term today, taking over from perennial favorites -- sex, Britney [Spears] and travel," said Nadia Schofield, a spokeswoman for Freeserve, the U.K.'s largest Internet service provider.

Sites such as Freeserve track day-to-day changes in popular search terms as a means of following changing fashions on the Web. Sex-related terms have long dominated the most searched-for subjects on the Web.

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